5 Steps to Selecting Your Wedding Date!

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Now that you have said yes, what will your next step be to getting your wedding planning on the way? Although you are dreaming about what you will wear down the aisle and considering your wedding colors, your next step and one of the most important steps is selecting your wedding date. There are a few things that you should consider when setting your date and we are happy to share them to help you get started.

The first thing you must consider is the month in which you would like to get married. The most popular months to marry are May, June, August, September, and October. If you are considering hosting your wedding during one of these months you may want to begin the process for booking your planner and locating your venue fairly quickly. If your estimated spending plan is more economical you may want to consider marrying during the non-peak wedding season.

The second thing you should consider is the weather. Will it be raining, humid or cool on your wedding day? Today’s weather can be so unpredictable, but keeping up with the weather forecast especially as it gets closer to your Big Day is a must. No matter what month you may decide to walk down the aisle, if you are hosting any of your wedding festivities outdoors creating a contingency plan is the safest and most stress-free way to plan your day.

Third, consider your guest availability during the month and date you select. If you are considering saying “I Do” during the holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Passover, or Lent this may pose a problem for some of your guests. These holidays are prime holidays for most and can pose a conflict for those who have family traditions and obligations. Also, make sure to take into consideration those guest that may live far away or have children in school. It may be a little difficult for them to take a three-day wedding weekend to attend your wedding.

The fourth thing is most weddings are held on the weekend because that is the best time to accommodate most of your guest work schedule, but you can also consider hosting your wedding on a weekday. A wedding during the weekday can lower your spending cost if you are looking to stay on a more economical spending plan.

The final thing is no matter what month and day you select to host your wedding, giving your guest enough time to plan to attend is key. Whether you choose to host your wedding on a weekday or a weekend the ones that are very close to you and love you will be there to celebrate your new-found union.

Things You Should Know Before You Purchase Your Wedding Gown

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

When deciding to purchase your wedding gown, it can be an exciting time but you can also feel overwhelmed. Today we would like to share with you a few tips to help make finding your dream gown a fun-filled and stress-free day to remember.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Winnie Couture

Select your venue prior to purchasing your gown. Every Bride has an idea of what type of gown she would like to wear on her wedding day. But, sometimes the gown of your dreams may not match the venue you desire. Selecting your venue before purchasing your gown will allow you to have a gorgeous gown that not only compliments you but your venue selection. If Cinderella had decided to get married on the beach, I highly doubt that she would have worn her ball-gown.

Determine your wedding ceremony and reception type. After you have selected your venue, determine the type of wedding ceremony and reception you desire. Will you have a formal wedding or a semi-formal wedding. Also, determine if your wedding will be a seated dinner, cocktail style reception, stations, or buffet. You do not want your gown to make one statement and your theme to scream another statement.

Photo Credit: Wild Heart Visuals Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Create a spending plan before purchasing your gown. Before you book your first bridal appointment make sure you have considered how much you plan to spend on your gown and who will be paying for your wedding gown. If you only plan to spend $3,000.00 on your gown make sure you also plan for alterations, which can also add to the expense of your wedding gown.

Some designers like Anne Barge and Winnie Couture design their gowns to fit with minimal alterations if any at all. But, if you select a designer that you are not sure if you will have minimal or no alterations you may want to purchase a gown that is a few hundred dollars less than you have budgeted to ensure you have the required funds to pay for your alterations.

Research the different style of gowns that you desire to wear on your wedding day. Researching the different types of gowns you desire can help make your bridal gown appointment flow smoothly because you can share with the bridal consultant the type of gown you desire to wear on your wedding day. I have my clients to save their images to their Design Studio Profile, but you can tag pages in bridal magazines, save photos from Google images or bridal shops to your Pinterest Board or in your saved images on Instagram.

Keep an open mind. When you go to your bridal appointment keep an open mind and allow the bridal consultant to share their thoughts with you about other gowns that may compliment your body type and wedding theme. You will be surprised and may even go home with a different wedding gown, but one that is gorgeous and makes you feel fabulous.

Remember most gowns do not run true to size. No, you have not gained weight… Most wedding gowns run small, so no matter your size you may still have to order a gown that is two sizes larger than your normal dress size.

Photo Credit: J and S Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia

Shop early. Unlike your favorite designer for your everyday clothing wear or business wear, wedding gown designers need a little more time to design your dress. Most designers require the gown to be ordered within an 8 to 12 month period to produce your wedding gown. There are some designs they can produce a gown within 4 to 6 months, depending on the detail of the gown. If the gown has a ton of detail and the usual order period is within the 8 – 12 month period you could be charged a rush fee for the designer to produce the gown.

Call ahead and schedule your appointment. Now that you have secured your venue, theme, and type of wedding and did your research it is time to schedule your bridal appointment. Take one day or one weekend to go gown shopping. Whether you decided to go gown shopping in one day or one weekend only schedule an appointment with three different bridal boutiques. Make sure that the bridal boutiques you plan to visit carry the designer wedding collection of gowns that you desire. It is best that you make an appointment to receive the exclusive time that each boutique allocates for each bridal appointment.

Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography Wedding Gown Designer: Anne Barge

Happy Wedding Gown Shopping! For More Tips on how to select your wedding gown contact Imperial Events.

Tea Time Anyone?

The Swan Coach House is located in Buckhead, on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center. It is not only a gorgeous venue, but it is also an art gallery with a restaurant for dining and a gift shop to purchase that unique southern charm gift.

This gorgeous venue has several different accommodations for you to host your guest for your wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner. If you are looking to host a small and intimate wedding, the Bellenita Room is perfect for you. It accommodates up to 60 guests for a seated dinner. The garden area has the perfect ambiance for your guest to enjoy witnessing you saying your vows.

The Swan Coach House also has an intimate setting if you would like to host your bridal shower or bridal luncheon. They offer the Swan Room or Sally’s Porch, which accommodates 24 guests seated. There is also the Katydid Room that can accommodate 50 guests seated. This room also provides an outdoor terrace that you can use for additional space to entertain your guests.

The Swan Coach House is definitely one of our favorite venues especially for our clients who are looking to host a bijou and intimate affair for their guests.

Baker: For Goodness Cake
Photo Credit: Made You Look Photography

Photo Credit: Made You Photography

Venue: Swan Coach House

Florals: CM Productions

Wedding Gown: Anne Barge

Bridal Accessories: Bridal Heirloom by Jackie

Baker: For Goodness Cake Atlanta

Model: Anita Sharma

Hair Stylist: Diondria Scott

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Themarie

Let’s Groove Tonight!

Imperial Events had the pleasure of speaking with the talented and glamorous Patrice D’Evans about her style and love for dance. Come and join us on her journey as a professional performer and how it all began.  Meet The Owner! … Continue reading

2016 Best Business of Atlanta

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Imperial Events Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Atlanta, June 20, 2016 — Imperial Events has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Atlanta Award in the Wedding & Event Planning category by the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program. Each year, the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Atlanta area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category.

The 2016 Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program and data provided by third parties. About the Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program The Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Atlanta area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Source: Best Businesses of Atlanta Award Program

What is Your Signature Blend?

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While planning an event of any magnitude can be a daunting, yet exciting task. Of course you want it to be a success; and what better way to achieve that than to hire the best and most highly qualified vendors in town.

Asking a bartender to pour the drinks at your wedding reception for a few hours is nothing new. How about hiring a mobile bar catering service that will not only bring in a full service staff and all the necessary equipment to cater your beverage needs, but also create custom libations that are sure to bring cheer to you and all of your guest the whole night long. Well you can find that service with Lyght House Cocktails!  We had the pleasure of speaking with the Carmaleita Lyght the owner of Lyght House Cocktails to find out what is our signature blend.

Share with us a little about your company and services?

It is our top priority to go above and beyond the expectations of our clients and their guests. That experience begins with a one-on-one consultation to learn the minute details of their special day and the type of service they expect from a chosen vendor. We offer our clients private consultations at Imperial Events office suite,  located at 400 Galleria Parkway SE Suite 1500 Atlanta, GA 30339. Leading up to the wedding date, we are in constant contact with our clients to ensure all bar questions are answered and they are never left wondering what to do next. Lyght House Cocktails can provide a complete package of equipment to service your bar needs. Additionally, we will advise on the best liquor, beer and wine selections for your event. Furthermore, we create relationships with our clients that last beyond the wedding date, in an effort to provide continuous service for all of life’s milestone moments.

What would you consider to be a great cocktail for the groom and groomsmen?

The Flash – This fresh, handmade concoction is for the gin lover in you. Even if gin isn’t your go to drink, give this a try…it just might change your life! Bonus, it’s packed with vital nutrients.

Below you will find the awesome recipe Carmaleita shared with us from Marie Clarie.

http://www.marieclaire.com/food-cocktails/g523/drinks-cocktails-recipes-christmas/?slide=21

What would you consider to be a great cocktail for brides and their bridal party?

The Blue Thai Mojito – Wow, this rum runner is full of surprises, a sweet and savory make a serious statement. It may require a little work!

Below is an amazing recipe Carmaleita shared from The Nest.

http://www.thenest.com/Recipes/45885/detailview.aspx?id=45885&type=7

Do you create your very own specialty blends? 

Yes, we do create our very own signature recipes.

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Are you able to purchase your signature blends if you are not hosting a wedding or event?

Yes, Lyght House Cocktails proudly carries their own selection of signature recipes that can be purchased at any time. Many of which can be enjoyed either with or without alcohol. These signatures sips are one of a kind in that they are all created from personal preferences of former clients, taste testing focus groups, family, friends and Lyght House staff. We don’t follow the trend, we create it!

Do you have any current promotions on any of your signature blends?

Yes, at this time we are running a promotion until July 31, 2015.

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We enjoyed our chat with Carmaleita as well as finding our signature blend, as well as tasting several of their yummy signature blends. It was definitely a pleasure and we found our signature blend…Cotton Candy! Be sure to check out Lyght House Cocktails recent updates on promotions, new signature blends and other great recipes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

8 Amazing Tips To Use When Attending Bridal Shows!

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  1. Create a temporary email address. Creating a new email address for your wedding only, will allow you to filter through your wedding planning content easier. Especially the information you have registered for at a bridal show. After your Big Day, you can cancel the email account that you have created without the worries of continuing to receive unwanted information from wedding professionals.
  2. Pre-Print self-adhesive address labels. Having pre-printed self-adhesive address labels will save you some time when visiting each wedding professional booth to sign up for giveaways, email marketing or mail listings. Make sure your label list your name, address, phone number, email address, and wedding date.
  3. Register online. Completing your registration online will save you sometime when you arrive to the bridal show. Also, most bridal shows give you a discount for purchasing your ticket early or a BOGO deal (Buy One Get One Free).
  4. Bring a major decision maker.  Because most couples are paying for the majority of their wedding expense it is very important to have your fiancé  attend a bridal show. This will give him the opportunity to see what vendors you may want to select to provide a service or product for your wedding. If your parents are planning to pay for the majority of your wedding expenses, it is always great to have your mother attend a show with you. She will enjoy this time with you, as well as give you her feedback on the wedding professionals you are considering  to hire for your Big Day.
  5. Important items you should bring. Make sure you bring a monthly or weekly planner with you, in the event you decide to book a consultation during the show with a wedding professional.  Also, bring a notepad to write down the names of any professionals that really spark your interest in hiring. Bring your check book and credit card, to make purchases or pay deposits for any service/product to ensure it is secured for your wedding day. Most wedding professionals offer great deals on the day of the bridal show, and you may come across an offer you cannot refuse.
  6. Walk down every aisle.  Bridal shows can become very overwhelming, but you want to make sure that you have a chance to see each wedding professional and what their company offers as well as represents. Gather any information from the wedding professionals that you think you may be interested in hiring for your Big Day to review during your leisure.
  7. Wear Comfortable attire and shoes. When attend a bridal show you will need to be comfortable. You will do a lot of walking and standing so make sure you are very comfortable, as you plan to be there for a couple of hours.
  8. Have Fun, Have Fun, Have Fun!

Until next time!!!

Best regards,

Sandy Bell, Owner of Imperial Events, Inc.